In Memoriam

Erik Falkensteen (1934-2020) Cultural Photographer/ Quintessential Photo Researcher It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Erik Falkensteen, Danish-American photographer who documented daily life with profound humanity and longtime photo researcher at The Granger Collection. Born in Denmark in 1934, Erik Falkensteen served in the military as a young man but his […]

American Masters releases trove of unseen interviews

DMLA Member WNET recently announced the launch of a robust digital archive by the PBS series American Masters, making a collection of interviews from the last four decades of films available and fully searchable for the first time. The American Masters digital archive includes over 1,000 hours of footage from more than 1,000 original, never-before-seen, […]

Best Practices in Copyright Enforcement

Members of the DMLA Legal Committee have created and published a guide to Best Practices in Copyright Enforcement, combining their expertise with that of members who provide copyright enforcement services. While DMLA does not endorse any particular company, the checklist, posted on DMLA’s website, is intended to help firms and individuals choose enforcement companies that […]

Hello 2021 – You’re already looking great!

By Leslie Hughes, DMLA President Founder & CEO, iSpy Visuals Welcome to Newsbreak!  The Digital Media Licensing Association is proud to share member / industry news, educational offerings, advocacy outreach and networking opportunities. This digest is one of several projects we at DMLA are launching or expanding in this most-welcomed new year – our 70th […]

Courage at work

Like most people, we at DMLA were stunned by the events of January 6, 2021, the breach of the United States Capitol. In light of these events, DMLA wants to celebrate the courageous work of photojournalists and filmmakers who risked their lives to bring us the story. In October 2020, we heard from renowned photojournalists […]

Altering Gutter Credit Can Result in Violation of CMI

Violation Can Occur Even Without Knowledge of Third-Party Future Infringement- (Gregory Mango vs. Buzzfeed, Inc.) The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a freelancer photographer, Gregory Mango, and against Buzzfeed when a photo editor ran a photo crediting the subject’s attorney instead of the photographer.  Mango regularly contributed photographs to newspapers, […]

Google Images Update: So much more than a badge

After a year of collaboration with the Digital Media Licensing Association, Google has launched its licensable image features. These features will help users identify images from licensors in Google search results. However, there’s even more to it than the highly anticipated badge. Through the Usage Rights filter, users now can restrict search results to images […]

The Instagram Saga Continues

In a recent statement sent by email to Ars Technica that will please many rights holders, a spokesperson for Facebook (Instagram’s parent company) stated that although users grant Instagram a sublicense to their content by posting it on Facebook, that sublicense does not extend to API users who are required “to have the necessary rights […]

DMLA Tech Initiative Focuses on Strengthening Metadata for Video

The Digital Media Licensing Association’s Technology Committee, as part of its 2020 Initiatives, is focused on metadata preservation for photography and video. The head of the committee, Mark Milstein, CEO of Microstock Solutions, also sits on the IPTC Video Metadata Hub committee, helping the footage licensing industry bridge technical differences on both sides of the Atlantic. […]

Show the Tattoo: Video Game Company Free to Depict Inked Basketball Stars

Four years ago, a company owning rights to tattoo art initiated a copyright infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York asserting that the makers of the popular NBA 2K games infringed its rights by creating avatars of real-life basketball players complete with their tattoos.  Recently, after full discovery […]